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by Brandon R
August 10th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 9
Views: 392

Re: Coffee

NED VALOIS wrote:
August 5th, 2020, 11:27 am
Peets
This. We do a monthly shipment automatically from Peets. We get three pounds (the same roast, but it changes each month) and the roast date is less than a week from when we get it. It's excellent quality, very convenient, and fresh. I think it's about $35/mo. shipped.
by Brandon R
July 29th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stories of unexpected food finds in unlikely places...
Replies: 1
Views: 201

Stories of unexpected food finds in unlikely places...

The bite I just took made me feel compelled to post this completely trivial, but kind of fun, story and ask about similar stories from you all. This past weekend, the family and I were headed back to Seattle after spending an amazing few days at a vacation rental in the San Juan Islands. The ferry t...
by Brandon R
July 29th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natty Wine: A Millennial Con?
Replies: 113
Views: 4049

Re: Natty Wine: A Millennial Con?

For me, the really flagrant mistake is the claim that "Natural wines are those made from organic grapes, untreated with pesticides." Now that might seem logical, but there are plenty of "natural" producers who farm using chemicals. YES! While certainly not limited to natural wines (I've heard of th...
by Brandon R
July 22nd, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2391

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Lee Braem wrote:
July 20th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Lamborn. Label of the 16 says 15.3% but it doesn’t taste like it.
Gotta have a little fun with you, Lee, on this one. Not too sure your suggestion fits with, "....lower alcohol Zinfandel..." neener
by Brandon R
July 22nd, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vine Porn
Replies: 313
Views: 24077

Re: Vine Porn

While not a storied or widely-known vineyard, this is the estate vineyard right in front (South) of Two Mountain Winery's tasting room outside Zillah, WA in the lower Yakima Valley.

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by Brandon R
July 21st, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Bread porn -- post yours
Replies: 209
Views: 16960

Re: Bread porn -- post yours

Wow. Spectacular, Christine!
by Brandon R
July 21st, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Knives or wine glasses
Replies: 22
Views: 916

Re: Knives or wine glasses

Definitely glasses. I can typically hack away at whatever I have cooked, even if it's not ideal, with what's on hand. However, drinking the great wines I sometimes bring out of a crappy glass would make me vacation-cranky*.

*Cranky, but only as much as one can be on vacation.
by Brandon R
July 20th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 1999 Musar. (Cringe - worthy?)
Replies: 16
Views: 921

Re: TN 1999 Musar. (Cringe)

The "Cringe" in the thread title threw me off. Sounds like a great wine, though.
by Brandon R
July 17th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2391

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Super helpful, Victor.

I've really started to like Bucklin and their Zins and blends. I just tried to go their site and it's not working, but I'd be surprised if they were high-proof. I also think the ancient vines are really cool. I dig their Grenache as well.
by Brandon R
July 16th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: An Evolution of Pesto
Replies: 17
Views: 889

Re: An Evolution of Pesto

Nice post. So often, pesto can overpower many things. Additionally, pine nuts can wreak havoc on taste buds, especially with wine. I'll definitely try the bread crumbs.
by Brandon R
July 16th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I didn't know that! How to properly pronounce Lore Vineyard (CA)
Replies: 1
Views: 267

I didn't know that! How to properly pronounce Lore Vineyard (CA)

I was reading an article about Thomas Rivers Brown on the Wine Spectator site. In the article, James Molesworth writes briefly about the '17 Rivers-Marie Lore Vineyard Cab, in which he writes, "....pronounced "lorry" and located at the foot of Dalla Valle...". Well, color me surprised! I always assu...
by Brandon R
July 16th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?
Replies: 164
Views: 4890

Re: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?

I don't necessarily think a vertical has to be a consecutive string of vintages. And, these are mostly from buying a wine on release without consideration for vintage, mostly because I really like them almost all years. I don't "chase" down missing bottles to fill in gaps, although I can see the all...
by Brandon R
July 16th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 824

Re: TN: 2013 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley)

Popped my last one of these last night. Shame, as I think it would be really interesting to see where it goes from here. The nose was starting to evolve some, and even had a slight prune creeping in, but it wasn't pronounced enough to distract. As I said in my TN, though, this really showed like a t...
by Brandon R
July 14th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 15 Felsina CC, 16 Vacheron Chambrates, 10 Sorella
Replies: 2
Views: 316

Re: TNs: 15 Felsina CC, 16 Vacheron Chambrates, 10 Sorella

Great notes, Doug. Your comment if, "Quintessential example of intensity without weight." is what I love so much about the best 2010s from Washington. What a great vintage.
by Brandon R
July 14th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In praise of leftovers
Replies: 17
Views: 725

Re: In praise of leftovers

We frequently do a simple angel hair pasta with sweated onions and garlic, fresh tomatoes, parsley, and Parmesan. I like to take the leftovers and make an egg "strata" with the pasta as the main stuffing. We usually add another veggie too. It's always very tasty.
by Brandon R
July 9th, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?
Replies: 62
Views: 2598

Re: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?

Lays Kettle Cooked are remarkably good for a mass-produced product. We also really like Miss Vickies. Whatever chip Jimmy John's (the sandwich place) uses are really good too.
by Brandon R
July 8th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1947 Chateau Caillou Barsac. An experience!
Replies: 18
Views: 709

Re: 1947 Chateaux Caillou Barsac. An experience!

Very cool, Robert. Thanks for posting and including the photos. Sounds like a great experience and wine.
by Brandon R
July 7th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4269

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

I'm envious of anyone that was allocated an aged God Only Knows Grenache. I had a 2006 at an offline a few years ago and it blew me away. Time does that particular wine well, it would seem. That's also not to mention my envy at anyone who got any of that Bionic Frog!
by Brandon R
July 7th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Banana Bread
Replies: 26
Views: 1389

Re: Best Banana Bread

Ooooh, I like the banana rhubarb bread idea, Todd. Gonna have to give that a try. Our 'barb isn't yet red enough to harvest but, when it is, we'll have boatloads.
by Brandon R
July 6th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?
Replies: 56
Views: 2353

Re: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?

One thing to consider is if you're planning on opening said bottle with your child at or near his 21st birthday. Why? Enjoyment for both of you. When I was 21 (heck, in most of my 20s), I liked wine quite a bit, but really didn't "get" or enjoy Burgundy or Bordeaux very much. I liked the taste of u...
by Brandon R
July 6th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?
Replies: 56
Views: 2353

Re: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?

One thing to consider is if you're planning on opening said bottle with your child at or near his 21st birthday. Why? Enjoyment for both of you. When I was 21 (heck, in most of my 20s), I liked wine quite a bit, but really didn't "get" or enjoy Burgundy or Bordeaux very much. I liked the taste of up...
by Brandon R
July 6th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me rub my butt
Replies: 17
Views: 857

Re: Help me rub my butt

You've got one great looking butt there, Milton. You must work out(side).
by Brandon R
July 6th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best Banana Bread
Replies: 26
Views: 1389

Re: Best Banana Bread

Really cool, Brian, and thanks for posting.
by Brandon R
July 6th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1603
Views: 85279

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Last night: grilled shrimp tacos with pico de gallo and avocado crema, on grilled corn tortillas. Paired nicely with a Cooper Barrel Maker Rose.

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by Brandon R
July 3rd, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1603
Views: 85279

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Holy cow, Andrew, that all looks fantastic.
by Brandon R
July 3rd, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4269

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

Ron, I've never had a Cayuse The Lovers. What's been your experience?
by Brandon R
July 3rd, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4269

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

Three here:

2010 Armada Syrah
2011 Flying Pig
2014 Lovers
by Brandon R
July 2nd, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???
Replies: 39
Views: 2527

Re: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???

I've been heavily into wine for over 15 years and have never had wine stains in glasses or decanters. I've even left red wine in a glass that dried out for a few days. I always hand wash with a kitchen sponge and dish soap. As long as I rinse well in hot water, they always come out squeaky clean wit...
by Brandon R
July 1st, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary V. Again.
Replies: 74
Views: 7548

Re: Gary V. Again.

Like some above, I really admire what the dude has done and built. He's an entrepreneur in its truest sense. "Hey, I have a cool idea! I'm going to see if I can make it happen."
by Brandon R
June 30th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2255
Views: 192718

Re: Steak Porn

Hahaha, "Flannery Defender!" I love it. And, yes, I too do the same thing. I love my kids but, at seven and ten years old, they can eat "normal" steak when we serve it. Don't get me wrong: it's still nice stuff, but not the Flannery (every time). I gladly share the hangers (their favorite) because o...
by Brandon R
June 29th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Seattle: best place to buy good rum?
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: Seattle: best place to buy good rum?

Thanks, Mike.
by Brandon R
June 29th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1603
Views: 85279

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Grilled Flannery Hanger with grilled vegetable "ratatouille" on polenta. Went great with a 2015 Xavier Gerard Cote Rotie.
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by Brandon R
June 25th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Abeja Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: TN: 2007 Abeja Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Thanks for the feedback. I'll have to grab a few.
by Brandon R
June 25th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Seattle: best place to buy good rum?
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: Seattle: best place to buy good rum?

Thanks, Scott. Bob's Liquors on Lake City Way has a great whiskey selection, but their rum is terrible. I'll check out U Village QFC. Esquin is just a PITA to get to.
by Brandon R
June 24th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Seattle: best place to buy good rum?
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Seattle: best place to buy good rum?

I'd like to learn more about rum. Specifically, the good stuff. I don't want to blend it into a cocktail right off. Rather, I'd like to find something that is great as a neat pour. For those of you in Seattle, where have you seen a decent selection of quality rum? It seems like so many stores with g...
by Brandon R
June 23rd, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Abeja Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: TN: 2007 Abeja Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Nice, Brandon. Even though Molly and John have moved on from Abeja, they've been able to keep the Bacchus fruit source and still put out a great cab under the Devonna label. Good to know, John. I signed up for Devona when they announced it, but haven't tasted any or purchased any. Have you had tast...
by Brandon R
June 23rd, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19662

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I think Mitch was joking, Bryan.
by Brandon R
June 23rd, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1461

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

A better commission may be his incentive. You're awfully cynical toward insurance professionals, Victor. Has it occurred to you that one might (or might not) be recommending a change because it's the best course of action for the insured? My agent is fantastic and, I happen to believe, he represent...
by Brandon R
June 23rd, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1461

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

Victor Hong wrote:
June 23rd, 2020, 6:20 am
A better commission may be his incentive.
You're awfully cynical toward insurance professionals, Victor. Has it occurred to you that one might (or might not) be recommending a change because it's the best course of action for the insured?
by Brandon R
June 22nd, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Abeja Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 6
Views: 380

TN: 2007 Abeja Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

I was really excited to open and drink this wine. I remember reading the review and corresponding monster score from Wine Enthuiast back in the day when it was first released. Back then, Washington wines not named Quilceda Creek generally didn't get particularly high scores, so the 97 points back th...
by Brandon R
June 18th, 2020, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1147
Views: 53561

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

Jeff, I admire you being here and responding to all of this ridiculousness. I am often amazed to what people choose to take umbrage.
by Brandon R
June 18th, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 269
Views: 27229

Re: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED

Please add me to the Seattle list...when we're free of the 'Rona, of course.
by Brandon R
June 18th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve
Replies: 12
Views: 529

Re: TN: 2002 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve

I haven’t had one of their wines in awhile. Need to go find one. Paul, I see your local. I have the 97,2001 and more of the 2002. I’ll save em. When COVID is over, you’ll come over and join some of the other local hooligans and we can put together a nice vertical with some flannery. What is Todd’s ...
by Brandon R
June 17th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19662

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Thomas Keim wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 8:13 am
Boycotting Napa Cellars in Napa because they looked at me the wrong way at a trade show....
[rofl.gif]
by Brandon R
June 16th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?
Replies: 21
Views: 850

Re: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?

No, but I think I'm going to start!
by Brandon R
June 16th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1147
Views: 53561

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

I've tried to hold off on commenting in this thread, but just can't resist. How are so many so insistent on being annoyed by a person's descriptors and prose in a tasting note on a wine? This stuff is decidedly subjective and one person's black forest cake is another person's cocoa-powder-dusted ch...
by Brandon R
June 16th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1147
Views: 53561

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

I've tried to hold off on commenting in this thread, but just can't resist. How are so many so insistent on being annoyed by a person's descriptors and prose in a tasting note on a wine? This stuff is decidedly subjective and one person's black forest cake is another person's cocoa-powder-dusted che...
by Brandon R
June 15th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Sangiovese Kiona Vineyard (USA, Washington)
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: TN: 2016 Biggio Hamina Cellars Sangiovese Kiona Vineyard (USA, Washington)

Nice, Todd. I love visiting Kiona and seeing some of that "old" vineyard out there. It's a cool site, and really holds a lot of Washington's wine history in its vines. The old stuff, I believe, is all Cab Sauv. Do you know about how old these Sangio vines are?

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